Israel news

EU votes to label settlement products

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 10, 2015

The European Parliament has expressed its support for putting special labels on consumer goods produced in West Bank, East Jerusalem and Golan Heights settlements. 

A total of 525 EU parliamentarians voted for the motion on Thursday; 70 voted against and 31 abstained.


Netanyahu opposes new 'gagging law'

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 10, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that he wants to remove a clause added to a new broadcasting law that prevents journalists on Israel's state channels from expressing opinions on air.

The clause had been proposed by United Torah Judaism MK Yisrael Eichler and was supported by the minister in charge of public broadcasting, Ofir Akunis.


Netanyahu: EU could risk losing our business

By Orlando Radice, September 9, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu’s trip to London this week was dismissed in the Israeli press as a relatively low-key affair — but the Israeli Prime Minister brought a powerful message for his British counterpart, who he was due to meet on Thursday morning.


Refugee crisis: Can Israel let the Syrians in? Isaac Herzog says yes

By Nathan Jeffay, September 9, 2015

Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected a call from Israel's opposition to absorb Syrian refugees fleeing the civil war.

He dismissed the statement by Labour leader Isaac Herzog, saying that "Israel is a small country, a very small country, that lacks demographic and geographic depth".


Mossad snared me in UK honeytrap, says nuclear spy Vanunu

By JC Reporter, September 8, 2015

In his first interview on Israeli television, convicted nuclear spy Mordechai Vanunu has revealed how he was caught in a Mossad honeytrap.

Mr Vanunu, who was released in 2004 but still lives under severe security restrictions, told Channel 2 that he met Mossad operative "Cindy" on a street in London.


Mother of burned Arab toddler dies of her wounds

By JC Reporter, September 8, 2015

The mother of the Palestinian toddler who was burned to death in a West Bank arson attack in July has died of her wounds.

Riham Dawabsheh, whose 18-month-old son and husband died in the attack by Jewish settlers, had suffered third-degree burns on 90 per cent of her body.


Is the Chief Rabbinate at end of its road?

By Nathan Jeffay, September 4, 2015

Israel's Chief Rabbinate is facing its biggest challenge in years. Will it survive in its current form?

Since a group of prominent rabbis revealed last month that they were undermining the Chief Rabbinate's monopoly on conversion by launching their own independent conversion court, some pundits have been predicting doom. The rabbinate's days, they say, could be numbered.


Israel has improved Palestinian health says expert

By Josh Jackman, September 3, 2015

Israel has "significantly contributed" to improving Palestinian health, according to a leading medical expert.

Professor David Stone said there had been allegations in medical journals that Israel had systematically damaged Palestinian health since the 1967 war.


Sickened fans set up a non-racist Beitar in Jerusalem

By Shira Rubin, September 3, 2015

For years, even some of the most hardcore fans of Jerusalem's oldest football club, Beitar Jerusalem, have stopped attending its games, turned off by the racist rhetoric and violence of other supporters.

Even though many fans say that the club has been contaminated by an ultranationalist minority, some have decided to opt out and back a smaller, more "authentic" alternative.


Mark Regev confirmed as Israel’s ambassador to London

By JC Reporter, September 1, 2015

Mark Regev, the spokesman for Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has been confirmed as the new Israeli ambassador to Britain.

The Foreign Ministry confirmed on Monday that Mr Regev will be succeeding Daniel Taub this autumn, after rumours of his appointment emerged last month.